There are a lot of movies out today that in the opening credits will say based on a real story but you have to ask are they truly based on a real story or not? Below are just a few horror movies that were based on true stories and a I think one or two may actually surprise you.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
This movie follows the trial of the Priest after Emily Rose died during the Exorcism he performed on her.
The Amityville Horror
Many people have questioned the validity of this story, largely based on the fact that no one who has lived in the house after the Lutz family have experience anything like what they described as happened while they lived in the house.
This is about paranormal investigators who tried to help a family who’s daughters were targeted by ghosts.
This true story is not surprising since at the time exorcisms happened quite often at the time. Nine priests signed the papers indicating they believed it was a true possession.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Surprisingly this too was based on a true story. In 1977 a group of male refugees from Cambodia began having nightmares and refused to sleep. Some even died in their sleep. The never found a cause and it was labeled Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
This was touted heavily as being inspired by a true story by both Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 film and the 2003 remake. This was actually lightly based on the real-life murderer Ed Gein, who is suspected to have killed several people between 1954 and 1957. The most recognizable similarity is the house and the gruesome content inside that was also found inside Ed Gein’s home.
The real Ed Gein would wear a human’s scalp and face but not to hide a hideous face but because he desired to be a woman. He also wore a vest of skin complete with breasts and female genitalia strapped above his own.